Best way to use 2.5 SAS drives in a desktop?

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  1. AusTerror

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    Howdy everyone,

    I recently remembered I had a stack of 2.5 inch SAS drives. A variety of 10k and 15k drives. Not SATA drives.

    Doing some quick searching around the internets I was not able to find an easy solution to use these drives in a desktop tower case.

    The mounting is the problem. I have some SAS controllers and I know what cables I need, enclosure dependant of course.

    So I was wondering if anyone here had previous experience.

    It would be nice if there was something like a 5.25 drive bay adapter that you could stick a bunch of SAS drives in. But the only version of those I've seen are SATA.

    I know they won't be power efficient and such, but I have these drives and I'd like to experience how they work and stuff.

    Ideas anyone?
     
  2. Aetherone

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    Plug controller into the board, plug the cables into the controller and the drives, make sure you've got enough cooling to stop the 15k's from cooking and go for it?

    Personally 15k sas is good for defrag shits'n'giggles but are still outclassed in every way by consumer SSDs. Thus I wouldn't spend much/any money on getting such slow storage up and running.
     
  3. power

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    trade them all in for SSD's.
     
  4. Butcher9_9

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    Well if you are motivated I'm sure you could build a set of Rials for them to attach to a few 5.25" bays.

    4 Bits Alu L bracket in each corner, 4 bits of Alu Flat bar two top and bottom. Rivet then together. Drill land Tap holes in the L to attach to the case and drill holes in the Flatbar for the drives to screw into.

    Get a mesh cover to cover it all up and stick a fan behind that. Then just use standard SAS cables.
     
  5. NSanity

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    110% this.

    If you don't have a reason for spinning rust (i.e bulk storage - and 2.5in drives don't make bulk storage), get rid of it. SSD's are just better.
     
  6. Aetherone

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    Nah, SSDs sound like crap when being defragged. The moar "K"s the better the sound :thumbup:
     
  7. LostBenji

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    Give em to me to put them in a server, where they should be living.
     
  8. NSanity

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    Remind me not to engage you for Servers then...

    2.5in spinning rust is literally a waste of time at this point.

    If you need performance - Flash.
    If you need capacity - 3.5in is far better - http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/946/SC946ED-R2KJBOD.cfm + HGST Helium 8TB's.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2015
  9. demiurge3141

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    Mounting is the easy part, grab some rubber bands and suspend them.
     

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